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Panic Causes New Displacement

September 10, 2008

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This morning, there was a homicide at the Karaleti checkpoint. A Georgian police officer was killed, causing renewed panic among the local population. Families who had begun returning to villages around the area started returning to Gori; the increase in number of IDPs at tent camps and various collective centers was noticeable.

Mercy Corps provided beds, mattresses, blankets and hygiene supplies to these newly displaced — or re-displaced — people. As of today, we have delivered supplies to all of the area's collective centers, which helps IDPs trust us in this uncertain time.